A small paradise in Croatia: Baska, Krk Island

Baska, Krk Island, Croatia. By Packing my Suitcase

When you arrive in Baska you will be amazed by its landscape: the city lies between the mountains and the Adriatic Sea. Calm waters and pebble beaches make up the scenery of one of Croatia’s most beautiful beaches. The waters ranging from turquoise to dark blue will catch your attention from the start, and you can’t help by wonder how it would be like to swim in these waters. Well, don’t wonder, just jump in and see for yourself, unless the water is too cold!

Baska – pronounced BAH-SH-KA – is very small, a typical Croatian beach village. It will not take you more than 4 Km to walk from one side of the city to the other. By the beach promenade you will find restaurants, ice cream and convenience stores, hotels, bars, ATM’s, tourist agencies, bakeries, local handcrafting, souvenirs, diving centers and more. You will be fascinated with center city, where the old streets and typical tiny fisherman-buildings represent the traditional Croatian beach scenario.

Baska, Krk Island, Croatia. By Packing my Suitcase

In Baska you will find 3 types of beaches: common ones, some especially for dogs and naturalists beaches. Once in a while you will find a nice and private spot on the coastline with a tiny beach only for yourself, like we did. But I imagine it will be more difficult during the months of July and August, when the city is packed.

Soon enough you will notice that the locals will speak German to you at first and that most of the signs will be in German. That is because the region is very influenced by German and Austrian tourists. I honestly felt like I didn’t leave Germany, I spoke English once, and only because I pretended not to know German, but don’t worry, they do speak English, too.

Come to Baska to relax and to enjoy all the activities offered: jet skiing, hiking, boat trips, snorkeling, kayaking, biking to the next city, laying on the sunny beach, camping and diving – the reason why I chose to come here in the first place. At the end of the day enjoy a glass of Zlahtina – the local white wine – at one of the amazing restaurants at the beach promenade and watch the red sunset on the mountains, the most beautiful time of the day.

Baska, Krk Island, Croatia. By Packing my Suitcase

Getting there

The best options to get to Baska are either by car or with an excursion. Unless you are on an excursion I would advise you to rent a car.

Where to stay

I would highly recommend renting an apartment in the city; it is cheaper than staying at a hotel if you are planning to stay long.

But if you prefer to stay at a hotel, there are a few options: Hotel Tamaris, Hotel Corinthia, Hotel Zvonimir

If you love camping, here is your paradise. The city offers many camping areas, which are very popular.

Baska, Krk Island, Croatia. By Packing my Suitcase.

Good to know

  • Croatia is now part of the European Union, but the Euro will only be the official currency in a couple of years. Currently Kuna is the Croatian official currency.
  • Now in June the weather and the water are colder than what we expected, but some locals said that normally it’s supposed to be warmer by now.
  • In the months of July and August the beach is normally overcrowded.
  • I realized a little too late that it is cheaper to rent an apartment directly with an agency, rather than on Internet.
  • This region of Croatia is very famous for diving, so if you are planning to dive in the country here should definitely be on your list.
  • Service tips can only be paid in cash, the restaurants don’t accept to pay include them on the credit card payment.

My tips

  • Enjoy your time in Baska to also visit other cities of the Krk Island nearby. Each city is different and you will discover your favorite one.
  • Choose carefully when to visit in order to avoid overcrowded periods and cold water.

Baska, Krk Island, Croatia. By Packing my Suitcase

Baska, Krk Island, Croatia. By Packing my Suitcase

 

Where to eat

Our eating experience in this city has been excellent, and we have nothing to complain about, except for the difficulty to decide where to eat. You will find amazing options to finish your day having, but here are my favorites:

Bava: famous for their meat dishes – believe me is that good – and with an exceptional service and atmosphere. They also offer breakfast in case you already want to start your day with great food.

Cicibela: the perfect combination between a beautiful and organized restaurant with great prices and an impeccable service. The food is exceptional, specially the mussels and white wine. We liked it so much that we went back once more before we leaving.

Mare: amazing view of the sea, just by the beach. Very friendly staff and the food is mouth watering. Try their mussels with homemade sauce and bread and their chocolate soufflΓ© with wild berries and ice cream.

Diving Center

Squatina Dive Center

Our happy choice was Squatina Diving. This amazing very international team made us feel at home and part of a new family. Our instructor Marco Hans made us feel safe with all his knowledge and experience. So here is our special thanks to him and all members of the Squatina team, who are not only great professionals but also friends to share diving and life experiences.

If you are ever around in Baska stop by Squatina Diving and check their offers for beginners, courses and daily diving trips. I highly recommend them and can’t wait to go back.

Baska, Krk Island, Croatia. By Packing my Suitcase

Stay tuned for more posts about this amazing Croatian Island and diving in the region. And again I’m leaving a piece of my heart somewhere.

Live from Baska…

About Allane

A Brazilian living in Germany. Married to W. mommy to a baby girl and a Golden Retriever. Traveler, writer, aspiring photographer, diver, wine appreciator, Formula 1 fan, avid reader of historical and young adult fictions books. City girl, nature lover, believer of a better world, one little change at a time.

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  • Another nice review! Croatia sounds lovely to visit πŸ™‚ looks like you have good diving there πŸ˜‰

    • Thank you!! I thought about you when diving πŸ™‚ now Im finally a OWD! It was amazing, they have many caves around here… the water was a little cold, around 16C but it was amazing! Come whenever you can πŸ™‚

      • Congratulations!!! Wow! Welcome to the divers community! I hope you will dive more and enjoy the beauty of our ocean. I am so happy for you!
        I will visit Croatia someday, 16 degree is indeed bit cold but worth to consider when the nature is awesome to view πŸ˜‰

        • Thank you!! Yes definitely there will be more dives to come, some are already planned πŸ™‚ yess its worth it! Is a very different environment, Im sure you would like it… the water will get warmer in the next months πŸ™‚

          • Sha

            Wow, this looks amazing! Definitely more places to put on my list…haha…:)

          • Yes!! Baska is a very relaxing place and the people are so friendly πŸ™‚ is a great escape from big cities in Europe and yet not far! I loved it, so far my favorite place in Croatia! Put it on your list!

          • Sha

            Will do!! Thanks for the share…:)

          • You are welcomed!! I have to catch up with your stories this weekend, I didnt have access to internet in Croatia very often! πŸ™‚

          • Sha

            Haha…no worries, I look forward to more stories from you too. πŸ™‚

          • Sounds like a plan πŸ™‚ have a great weekend!!

          • Hi allane! What a beautiful destination. Thanks for dropping in on my baking blog vannillarock and giving me a ‘follow’. I appreciate it!

          • Thank you too for the visit!! I really liked your blog… apart from traveling I LOVE FOOD πŸ™‚ I will be around often!

          • Baska is one of our favorite places on Krk. Have you been to Vrbnik? It’s a picturesque little town not far from Baska.

  • Hey traveller!
    It looks lovely, I’m really jealous, always wanted to go to Croatia.
    Just wanted to say thank you for visiting my blog from time to time, I’m a very new blogger with not too many people visiting, and it makes me really happy when I see somebody appreciate my tries. Have a lovely day! x

    • Hi!! Thank you for the kind comment and for also stopping by!! Im also a new blogger and dont worry it takes time until some lots of people care for your work… and yes I really liked yours and will be checking your blog often!! I also wish you a very nice day! Allane πŸ™‚

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  • I like Krk, it is really well connected with the mainland and provides many secluded beaches, but I really wish you could see the south of Adriatic too. We have some real gems. (Unfortunately, you will not see any of them on my blog, as I spend my holidays abroad)

    • Ohhh I am crazy to go to the South… Split and Dibrovnik are on my list… Brac too πŸ˜€ We still haven’t visited because is a bit further to go by car, so if we decide to drive there we need to spend more time. I hope we can make it there soon!
      If you ever come to Munich let me know πŸ˜€

      • I strongly recommend it (I grew up in Dubrovnik and have tight connections with Split too. Brac is a gorgeous island that I visited a lot of times (used to have a bf there). Its stone was used in the construction of the White House. Try to avoid July/August when you go to Dubrovnik.

        • That is great to know!! πŸ˜€ If you as a native recommend it then it must be really good!! Happy to know that!

          Ohh don’t worry, I always avoid going to Croatia during these 2 months… I guess June and September are better… not so packed with tourists πŸ˜‰

          • I’m afraid Dubrovnik is always packed, but what kind of person would I be not to recommend it. πŸ™‚ Ideal time would be winter if one is lucky with the weather.

          • hahaha I can imagine!! Hard to decide… but I like September, lets see when I can finally go πŸ˜€

  • I just saw this post and it’s great to hear about it from you, since we’ll be in Krk this August (can’t wait :D). We will be staying on the mainland but will visit the island, and from what I read, Baska is a must!
    If you plan on going to Southern Croatia, Hvar is my absolute recommendation πŸ™‚

    • How awesome!!! You will love it there… the island is beautiful!!! I would highly recommend Baska and Vrbnik πŸ˜€ they were my favourites!!

      Thank you for the recommendation!! I certainly want to go to Hvar, I heard great things about it <3

      I hope you enjoy your time in Croatia!!

  • Oh, and thanks for recommending the diving center! I’ve been snorkeling for so long, I think I’m ready for the next level πŸ™‚

    • hahaha you’re welcome!!! They are awesome!!! People there are really cool… if you do get to dive with them, send Marco hello for me πŸ˜€ he is a great instructor!! πŸ˜€